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Sep 20, 2021

After you’ve taken a pause and have realized that you are indeed a workaholic, it’s time to start into the R’s. Relapse is not a moral failing. It’s going to happen. It’s a part of human psychology. It’s time to remove the guilt and shame and sit in self-compassion. 


Self-compassion radically changed my life. I’ve been talking about it a lot on this podcast. Check out the links below for additional episodes. 


Let’s be honest. You’re never going to escape work, so you can either relapse or step into recovery. I define recovery as actively trying to move past those negative tendencies of work addiction. 


Listen to hear about my experiences with work addiction and returning to work. Be prepared to approach your work, boundaries, speech, really everything, differently. I’m sharing the tips I know are important for approaching recovery from a place of love and self-compassion. 


You’re not going to get it right 100% of the time, but as long as you’re actively trying to curb you workaholic tendencies, you’ll get there! 

“Self-compassion radically changed my life.” Dr. Errin Weisman


In this episode:

[02:40] I share what we talked about in part III.

[03:06] Today I am talking about the Rs, reentry, recovery, or relapse.

[05:21] “Relapse is not a mortal failing.”

[07:37] There are two courses of action you can take once you reenter work from your pause.

[08:25] I share what I see when my clients come back to the workplace after their pause.

[10:27] It’s important to figure out what your triggers are that motivate your work addiction.

[12:00] It’s also important that employers ensure that workload rewards and incentives are based on positive behaviors instead of negative behaviors.

[13:07] Now we talk about the internal beliefs we need to clean up inside ourselves.

[16:25] We need to remind ourselves that being a super hard worker can be our kryptonite.

[18:22] Thank you for listening.

Links and Resources

Locum Story


Metaphysical Milkshake Episode 12

Office Ladies Podcast


Doctor Me First Episode 28

Doctor Me First Episode 201

Doctor Me First Episode 228

Doctor Me First Episode 244

Doctor Me First Episode 308


  1. Buy my Kindle Book, Doctor Me First, on Amazon
  2. Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series.
  3. Sit with me in my Slack Channel.

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